Junk Food Kids
I have recently finished a documentary on TV called Junk Food Kids and I am quite shocked really. The name says it all about a documentary set in the UK where childhood obesity is on the rise.
The mother and her children walk around the supermarket and eat their sushi and sandwiches and share an apple juice. When it comes to the crisp aisle, a 20 pack was purchased for convenience and cost.
The same mother attempting an Oscar winning performance saying her heart is breaking seeing her daughter ‘Talula’ suffer. Of course, the tears came from the mother who refused to take any blame for her child’s obesity. She then asks Talula to run upstairs and fetch her some tissue. Talula responds that she can get the tissue downstairs. Is taking the easy option rubbing off on Talula? Irony? Another child had 75% of his baby teeth removed and Talula suffered terrible tooth decay also. This should never happen and costing the NHS in the United Kingdom millions of pounds.
In Ireland, we have a programme called Operation Transformation. This starts around the beginning of the year. A PE teacher was assigned to a specific school to get the kids more active. In doing so, there was marked improvements in the behaviour and fitness of the children noted by the teachers and professors involved.Yet,the powers that be will only recommend that the children complete only 45 minutes of physical activity per week. Surely this is not enough!
Who to blame?
Personally, I think it is a combination of the supermarkets, the schools, the manufacturer of products and the parents. Ultimately, it lies with the parents as they can select what goes into a child’s mouth.
What can be done?
A combination of both good food and exercise is the simple solution. A diet enriched in fruits,vegetables and berries with plenty of water and ditching highly processed food.
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